Being manager in a small spa just outside of Whitby feels like the dream job for Olivia.

It was her ambition after studying hair and media makeup at Redcar and Cleveland College.

And, inspired by the experiences of her teachers, Olivia was keen to follow the same path.

“I loved the course, in fact it was the best one I have ever been on,” she said.

Working hard to follow suit, Olivia secured her first job in a salon while still studying at the college, ultimately moving on to further beauty training.

Living out of the area, she said: “I opted for a college that was closer to home for my beauty training.” But she is quick to add that it was the college in Redcar that first sparked her motivation.

Since then, Olivia has continued to train in a whole host of treatments and therapies, specialising in hot stone massage, Indian head massage, luxury facials and Calgel nails, as well as bridal makeup.

She said: “Beauty is an industry where there is always more to learn, there are so many treatments and courses, and you can specialise in different areas.”

It was after three years in her first salon job that Olivia saw an opportunity come up at View of Beauty, a mini luxury day spa in Aislaby.

“I went along and we immediately hit it off,” she said. “It proved the perfect fit for me, and everything has progressed from there.”

Olivia was appointed spa manager at 19.

Now 20 and in a job she loves, she explained: “This is perfect for me and I am really enjoying it.”

Her advice to those looking to start out on in the industry, she said: “I was thrown in the deep end a bit, but you have to learn and grow up quickly.

“I wasn’t the most confident person, but you have to believe in yourself and keep pushing yourself!”

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